“And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been set in place, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.” ~ Luke 16:26
Every now and again, my brain runs a “next time” scenario on me.
Maybe you’ve experienced this, too. Something didn’t go quite according to plan, and you find yourself thinking and rethinking all the things you would do differently…next time.
Except that I have discovered we don’t always get a “next time.”
The thought has crossed my mind more than once in the last two years of what a better wife I would be to my husband now. More thoughtful, considerate, thankful – you name it, I would be it. I feel bad about the fact that his death is what caused me to grow up in so many ways – ways he would have benefitted from a great deal, had I done the growing up long before he got sick.
In our society, our lives are packed with chances to change. You hair, your job, your location, your name, even your nose – with a little willpower or enough money, you can change just about anything. Nothing seems permanent.
But death sure is.
In spite of all my wishing, I can’t go back and re-do things with my husband to make them even better than they were. I don’t get a second chance. In a world where it seems like the fat lady is never going to sing (thus, nothing is really over), death steps in to remind us that, in fact, some things cannot be redone.
Death also marks where we will spend eternity. At the time of your death, you fate will be decided by whether or not you have chosen to accept what Jesus did for you on the cross. As today’s verse from Luke indicates, there will be no second chances. Your fate is sealed the moment you draw your last breath.
It’s difficult to imagine no second chances, from our vantage point. Even more so, is the fact we do not know when our time here is finished. I’m sure my husband thought he had many more years ahead of him, never imagining that his time on earth would be finished after twenty-eight years. In light of that, be sure you have taken the time to put your soul right with God – it is the one thing there won’t be a next time.